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11. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4811 posts) 2y

Quoting Steve79

Quoting Mmoo92

Daniel, thats cool im just trying to plan and save this year! I wont be taking nowhere near 10,000 because i want to work, there is no point in working if i had enough for a whole year. Nice to finally see someone else who is planning so far ahead :) x

£10,000 would be nowhere near enough for a year in Australia! It is VERY expensive.

To be fair, the exchange rate has been swinging back to rather beneficial territory for Europeans over the last year. £10,000 currently comes out to ~ AUD $18,600. Not quite enough yet for a whole year, but should last some 8 months on a backpacker-style budget without too much trouble. So for Daniel, a very good amount to be taking, which should mean he'll only have to work for a short amount of time to cover his entire stay.

12. Posted by Steve79 (Respected Member 330 posts) 2y

Sorry yes I should reiterate I meant Daniel will be fine if he is working, but I was just trying to make sure that Megan was aware that Oz is quite expensive and your money might not last as long as you expect.

13. Posted by Mmoo92 (Budding Member 15 posts) 2y

Australia is more expensive than the UK.... however i do not have expensive needs and I know how to live on a tight budget, also i couldnt justify just splashing out 10,000 i have saved, i would much rather work and earn. Of course that is only my opinion.

14. Posted by Steve79 (Respected Member 330 posts) 2y

I wasn’t suggesting otherwise Megan, just wanted to make sure that those who go to Oz know it is expensive. When I went I was sticking to as tight a budget as possible – ie always making my own meals at the hostels I stayed, very rarely going on nights out and not going on any organised trips, etc, but I was still spending around £300 a week.

Of course when I settled down in Sydney I got an office job that paid more than I had ever earnt over here, so it is all swings and roundabouts.

15. Posted by Mim24 (Budding Member 6 posts) 2y

Wish I didn't come on this site now ? maybe should have saved more argghhhhh

16. Posted by Steve79 (Respected Member 330 posts) 2y

How much do you have saved Mim? If you are going there with the intention of working immediately and have enough to see you through the first couple of months you should be fine.

17. Posted by Tom161191 (Budding Member 124 posts) 2y

Would you say £5000 would be enough ? If you are going to work ? That's nearly 10,000 aus dollars

18. Posted by Steve79 (Respected Member 330 posts) 2y

I'd say £5000 will probably last you four months if you were frugal. As long as you could find work within that time then you'd be ok.

19. Posted by Tom161191 (Budding Member 124 posts) 2y

Is it easy enough to find work ?

20. Posted by Steve79 (Respected Member 330 posts) 2y

Depends upon your experience and what kind of work you are after. I don’t know if the situation has changed but I got a well paid job in website editing a week after I arrived. It paid more than I had ever earnt in the UK (although this was offset by the higher living costs), however when I did my working visa I was 30 and had quite a bit of experience on my CV which I think gave me an advantage.

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